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Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 13, 1973

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Reflections for Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola

August 13, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 13, 2020

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Detective Dawson's son, Sean. He is everything Detective Dawson could have hoped for and then some as both his son and a Trooper. He honors him daily in his work ethic and by treating other kindly and respectfully and is the penultimate gentleman and professional. I can only imagine Detective Dawson was the same in life and on the job as his son strives for greatness in all he does.

Detective Taryn Ritacco Schwartz
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

April 24, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 19, 2013

Your family are in our thoughts & prayers, you will NEVER be forgotten.


August 13, 2010

The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 12, 2007

Always remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

August 13, 2007

I will be saying a prayer for the family of a great loss.

DeniseDawson Darnell
Fathers son,by first wife

July 24, 2007

Never forgotten Detective. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 1, 2006

Thinking of you and your family.

April 14, 2006

May God continue to watch over your family. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York

April 6, 2006

I wish that I could have been afforded the opportunity to have had you with me throughout my life. You were taken from a family who needed you more than life itself. I hope that I can be half the man that you once were. Everyday that I put that uniform on, you are always with me.

I love you Dad

Your son, Sean

Tpr. Sean Dawson
New Jersey State Police

March 23, 2004

Trooper Dawson gave his life in service to the Citizens of the State of New Jersey.
God Bless Trooper Dawson and his family.
You would be proud of your son who is also a NJ Trooper.

New Jersey State Police

March 3, 2004

Always remembered but never forgotten.


January 20, 2004

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